In our rush to point out, fix, and dwell on the wrongs in our country (past + present), let's not forget we've done an awful lot of good as well! We become what we focus on, and stay what we ignore! So, while we definitely need to see, name, and heal our junk, I think it's vital … Continue reading America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference
What is justice? Like real, life-giving, healing, and unity-building justice? Recently, "No justice, no peace" is one of the sayings going around in the peaceful demonstrations and posts. I don't know about you, but justice as punishment, finger-pointing, and shame (go to forms), has never helped me. Quite the opposite, actually. I think of my 15-year … Continue reading Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love
When life, or the world, gets crazy, what keeps you centered, hopeful, and Loving? I could be wrong, but it seems to me we're like satellites, and without something Big, Bold, Beautiful, and Beyond our small selves to orbit around, we go careening off into space or crash into the ground like a satellite that's lost its … Continue reading What Gives You Meaning and Purpose in Life?
You know how in our era of rationality and logic it's easy to dismiss those who freely and fully believe(d) in angels and demons as "simple"? I wonder if they might be the wise ones! Whether literal or not, isn't there something demonic about the pull and power of excessive, repetitive, or controlling Want, Wealth, … Continue reading Slaying Our Demons with Understanding and Kindness
There's a light inside you that's you that can't go out. There's a kindness within you as warm as the sun. Wholeness and wellness are more intrinsic to you than your first and last names. An original goodness animates you from the inside out. Your radiant, inborn beauty shines brighter than stars. The flames of the … Continue reading A Love Letter to You
Walking our dog, Biscuits, the other morning the spell of this sight captured me. Spoke wellness to my soul. Breathed peace into my being. Whispered secrets of delight to my heart. Gladdened me from head to toe. And left me feeling radiant. Light is practical, universal magic of the most incredible sort. It spotlights beauty. … Continue reading Light’s Magic
What does the cross and Easter mean to you? There are SO many theories and such a variety of beliefs, it's almost as if the cross's impact is too poignant and powerful for words! In this year of seeing things clearly (2020), I'm choosing to meditate on and be enlivened by three main meanings Jesus gave it, … Continue reading Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross
I wonder if you can relate to this: In my mid teens I couldn’t wait to be able to drive. In high school I longed for college. At university I was anxious to graduate, move out of my parents’ house, and get a "real" job. As a single man I couldn’t wait to get married. … Continue reading How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering
Cheers! Do you have any "silly" or interesting rituals, like when kids try to avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks? When it comes to my Seahawks fandom, I'm pretty ridiculous because I "know" my actions throughout the week impact the game. I'll hold yoga poses for 12 counts, dry my hair to multiples of 12, schedule … Continue reading Get Your Shine On!
Cheers to you! My wife and I have been watching "The Good Place", a show about the afterlife. In this poignant and hilarious show, a demon "breaks bad", people sent to hell get better, and they explore big topics like what makes a person "good" and what inspires one to become better. It flips the … Continue reading The Real Gift of Christmas is YOU: A Tale of Two Ways of Living